Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call Tuesday that he believes the Bruins' 3-5-0 start is, on some level, the team suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover. The defending champs have failed to capitalize on scoring chances, and have scored as many goals as they've allowed (19). 

When the Bruins returned ninth overall pick Dougie Hamilton to the OHL in training camp, they were sending back a wiry but highly skilled defenseman who was 10 or more pounds away from being ready to potentially contribute at the NHL level. 

WILMINGTON -- With the 3-5-0 Bruins returning to practice Monday at Ristuccia Arena, goaltender Tim Thomas spoke of the team's lack of success to begin the season. The Bruins were 6-2-0 out of the gate last season, with Thomas registering three shutouts. Now, the Bruins are looking for what they had a season ago, but Thomas said they have to work for it. 

WILMINGTON -- One day after sending him to the AHL, the Bruins have recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence. Caron, who had been a healthy scratch in the Bruins' last two games since the return of David Krejci, registered an assist in Sunday against Albany. 

Krejci was with the B's as they took the ice for practice Monday, skating as the fourth member of Krejci's line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.

In four NHL games this season, Caron has no points and a minus-2 rating.  

The Bruins announced Sunday that they have assigned winger Jordan Caron to Providence. Caron has played in four of the team's eight games this season, recording no points while playing on the third line.

Caron was a healthy scratch the last two games after the return of David Krejci to the lineup. 

The team's first-round pick in 2009, Caron has made the team out of camp in each of the last two seasons but has been up and down between Boston and Providence. Last season, Caron played 23 games in the NHL.

This certainly wasn’t the start anyone had envisioned. 

What had the makings of a great comeback win proved to be nothing more than the Bruins' latest loss, as they fell to the Sharks, 4-2, at TD Garden on Saturday. 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid will be kept out of Saturday's game against the Sharks at TD Garden, marking the fourth consecutive game the second-year defenseman has missed with a neck injury. 

McQuaid returned to practice Friday and participated in Saturday's optional morning skate, but was not not he ice when the B's took warmups Saturday night. In his place on the third pairing with Andrew Ference will be Steven Kampfer, who is playing in his second game of the season since returning from a sprained left knee. 

The season is young, but it’s safe to say the Bruins needed what they got Thursday night. What they got was a convincing win to follow a truly ugly loss Tuesday, and a win that saw their two underperforming power forwards get back on track. 

Bruin fans conducted their second annual "Thank You, Kessel" chant in October as Tyler Seguin and the Bruins destroyed the Maple Leafs, 6-2, at TD Garden on Thursday night.